Leeds United team news - Helder Costa's season is over, Whites wait on Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha for Tottenham Hotspur visit

Marcelo Bielsa faces a wait over the fitness of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips for the game against Tottenham Hotspur but Helder Costa is out for the season.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 3:22 pm

Phillips' minor knee issue kept him out of the game at Brighton, giving Robin Koch an opportunity to play in the defensive midfield role in his first start since December.

Raphinha has missed the last three games since a Fernandinho challenge forced him off against Manchester City.

"They're being evaluated on a daily basis to see whether they can be available," said Bielsa.

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"We have to wait until Saturday."

Bielsa was tight lipped on whether or not the pair had managed to return to training this week.

Winger Helder Costa failed to recover from the back injury he sustained against Manchester United in time to face the Seagulls last weekend and Bielsa revealed today that he will not feature again this season.

The former Wolves man was slammed to the ground in a challenge with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and although he attempted to get up and run, quickly sank to the turf again in agony before leaving the game.

SEASON OVER - Helder Costa's injury, sustained against Manchester United, will keep him out for the rest of Leeds United's season. Pic: Getty
SEASON OVER - Helder Costa's injury, sustained against Manchester United, will keep him out for the rest of Leeds United's season. Pic: Getty

"He won't be able to compete again this season," said Bielsa.

Costa has started 13 games for the Whites in the Premier League this season and made nine appearances as a substitute, scoring two goals and contributing three assists. He started the season as Bielsa's first choice for the ring wing berth before the arrival and introduction to the line-up of Raphinha.

If Raphinha fails to pass fit to face Spurs, Bielsa has Stuart Dallas, Ian Poveda and Under 23s youngster Crysencio Summerville among his wing options.

The Leeds head coach will have captain Liam Cooper available again after his three-game suspension, presenting a decision over Pascal Struijk's position in the back line. The youngster has filled in superbly this season, making 20 starts thanks to injuries and unavailability for Bielsa's more senior defenders.

KNEE ISSUE - Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips missed out at Brighton after suffering a minor knee problem in training. Pic: Getty

Spurs' interim boss Ryan Mason is just waiting on centre-back Ben Davies, whose lower leg complaint has sidelined him for their last five games.